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Did I just miss a meeting? Did Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World' just come true while I stepped out of the room? Dismayed lately by the fact that many young urbanites now looks, sound and behave exactly the same, I spotted an odd fluff article in the press: The headlines went on about a pair of network TV shows going out head-to-head over Christmas, both starring someone called Mark Wright. One is…
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Here's an unusual documentary worth checking out from Thom Anderson about the least photogenic yet most photographed film town of all. Los Angeles is the equivalent of Middlesex; boring, ugly, but near enough to studios to provide cheap exterior backdrops. However, it wasn't always like this. Anderson's film looks at the history of the city through the lens of the Hollywood camera, and we start to…
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Speculative film fictions are intrinsically connected to open-minded American culture, from 'Them!' to 'Star Wars', but in its buttoned-down way the UK too has always been fascinated by science fiction. We've produced many of the greatest SF writers in the world, and yet at first glance it seems that this tradition has not been followed through to the moving image. Our earliest SF movies were…
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Remember when this site was really good? I mean with jokes and funny things Admin saw and stuff? Before it got all serious about writing and London and politics and that? Well, it's still around, it's just on my Facebook page, here. So if you find this sign in my local pub funny, you'll probably like some other stuff there. Make that possibly.
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Unlike the US Superbowl ads, which have a wildly celebratory tone, here in the UK we've lately developed a grotesquely over-sentimental streak about Christmas, centred mainly around ads for supermarkets. And like everything else here they offer up a paradox; no longer about flogging oven chips or peas, they're about vague concepts like loneliness and friendship, as…
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The 1960s were by all accounts a schizophrenic time - on the one hand London was blooming with creative originality and artistic talent, while the rest of the country was stuck in a postwar past that had hardly shifted since the days of Clement Atlee. While Northern comics continued to tell racist jokes, a very different sensibility took hold in the capital. True, it had been there since the 1920s…
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The Daily Mail started it, of course - an article in 1983 called for the banning of videos which brought undesirable images into the home for the first time. Home entertainment was a new concept, and the Mail feared it would break up the nuclear family structure it was so desperate to cling onto. On TV and in the press, the mentally bereft Mary Whitehouse (who censored any public arguments against…
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Precinct dramas - those set in a single limited space - have grown popular in the last few years, We've had thrillers set in one room ('The Disappearance of Alice Creed', 'Exam', 'Cube', 'Fermat's Room') a great many set entirely in houses or apartments (of which 'Amour' is probably the best) horror films set in gas stations, in an underground car park ('P2'), in a school ('F'), a thriller on a…
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A couple of days back, Alfie Deyes had a book signing. 8,000 happy readers turned up. The event was so big that it had to be held at London's biggest conference centre. Alfie just had his 21st birthday. He is not a singer. His book is pointless (it's called 'A Pointless Book'). He has a potential buying audience for the book of around 140 million people, most if not all of whom are teenage girls…
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Then come on 'Down' to Podcastle.org, the US audio website where you'll hear one of my creepier stories for free, rated R, hosted by Dave Thompson. It's always interesting to hear what other people do with my stories, so here's Paul Jenkins reading a tale of a journey down into the London Underground... Honor Oak reservoir is underneath a golf course in Peckham, Thornhill reminds himself as he…
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